Associate Professor Ben Wadham

Associate Professor

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.08)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Ben is the Director of the Open Door: Veteran Transition, Integration, Wellbeing research initiative in the College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work. Open Door is an Australasian research hub that brings together veterans, scholars, and practitioners together around key research, service provision, and policy/legislation initiatives. Open Door is connected to other veteran research hubs across the five-eye nations.

Ben is the co-Deputy Director of Orama Research Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing

As a Veteran, Ben's research is focused on the health and wellbeing of serving personnel and Veterans. He conducts sociological and criminological research on the ADF and DVA including institutional abuse in the ADF, veteran suicide, and veteran transition into higher education. Ben also researches men's violence toward other men and is using Virtual Reality as a pedagogical tool for education for violence prevention.

Ben writes about the cultural history of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Of particular interest is military culture and crime and the military. He is currently Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Grant titled "Institutional Abuse and Organisational Reform within the ADF (1969-). Ben is currently the lead CI on 2 grants investigating veteran transition and education. These studies explore how effective tertiary education is as a transition pathway, The second grant funded by the NCSEHE studies the ways universities understand veterans and govern their place in the university.

BA Hons (Sociology),
PhD (Sociology)
Grad Cert Public Policy
Honours, awards and grants

Australian Postgraduate Award 1998-2002
Australian Defence Medal

ARC Discovery: Institutional Abuse and Organisational Reform in the ADF (2018-2021)

DVA: Veterans in Corrective Services

NCSEHE: Veterans and Universities

Freemasons Men's Health and Wellbeing Centre/Flinders Foundation - Male Veteran Suicide

Key responsibilities

Director, Doctor of Education

Director, Open Door: Veteran Transition Integration Wellbeing

Co-Deputy Director Wellbeing and resilience - Orama Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Teaching interests
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Social Theory
  • Race, Gender, Nation
  • Militarism & Violence
  • Policy and Governance
  • Veteran and Military Studies
Topic coordinator
EDUC9954 Preparation for Research
EDUC9971 Key Issues in Education
EDUC9972 Preparation for Research
EDUC9973 Critical Scholarship and Research Design
EDUC9978 Data Analysis
EDUC9975 Research Project
Supervisory interests
Crime, law and justice
Critical masculinity studies (scholarly distinction from masculinity or men's studies)
Critical race and whiteness studies in Australian contexts
Military studies
Psychiatric problems of war veterans
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Academic Activism (1), Student Voice (1), Veteran transition (1), Medical Sociology, Virtual Reality Education
Associate supervisor: Learning Difficulties (1), Art and Trauma (1)
Principal supervisor: Critical Race and Education Studies (2), Critical Literacy (1), Indonesian Women in Higher Education (2), Globalisation, Development and Education (3), Critical Realism (1)
Associate supervisor: Diabetes and Stigma (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Katerin Berniz

Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - JUN 2019

  • Masculinity
  • Military culture
  • Veteran Transition and Wellbeing
Further information

Ben Wadham is a member of the Australian Peacekeeping and Peacekeeper Veterans Association (APPVA).